An Ode To Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

An Ode To Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)


Steve Jobs was, is and will forever be a legend.  His influence and legacy shall be, can be and will be compared to the likes of Walt Disney and Henry Ford.  For his ideas and products have changed both the individual and society, not just nationally but internationally.  For this world to lose him is unfortunate to say the least.

I could go on at length reflecting on how Apple products have changed my life and the ways I think that they have changed all of us but I shall restrain.  I know that countless journalists, techies and news casters will handle this quite adequately.

What they will discuss, but to a much lesser degree, is Mr. Jobs’ uniform.  That of blue jeans and a black turtleneck.  When i searched ‘Steve Jobs’ in Google images 90% of the photos of him are him clad in his signature uniform.  Most of the photos in which he is not are from decades ago.  I am a strong believer that men dress any given way for a certain reason.  It could make them happy, they are trying to fit in, they are playing a role or they are simply abiding by a dress code.  Mr. Jobs could’ve worn almost anything he wanted, as he had the financial means to afford it and the position and fame to allow it.  Convention would dictate that a man in his position wear a suit in some form.  But no, Mr. Jobs preferred the stark simplicity of blue jeans and a black turtleneck.

Mr. Jobs’ aesthetic matches that of his products: simple, functional and likely comfortable.  But of possibly more importance are two things.  The first is the aura that his casual dress imparted, that of a more laid back California-esque gathering, he didn’t quite seem so much like the business man/salesman that he in fact was being; which I think worked in his favor.  Secondly, the constancy of Mr. Jobs attire allowed the focus to stay on the products that he was touting, and aren’t the products what were really important?

I shall leave you all with this quote from Steve Jobs that Mr. Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep posted the day before Mr. Jobs’ passing.  Although I have said things to this effect on many an occasion Mr. Jobs has yet again seized the day, “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.”  It is Mr. Jobs, it is.




  1. Good second point. I can’t imagine his products would have been as well received by such an expansive demographic had he sported a Lady Gaga-esque wardrobe in lieu of his signature simple threads. RIP SJ, you were the man.